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The Adler ‘Scope

A Day Aboard the Neeskay

Wednesday August 21st
Jonathan Russell

This July, I had the pleasure of joining a small group of teen interns, scientists, and podcasters onboard the research vessel Neeskay. As a lover of maritime history, open water, and Moby Dick, it was something of a wish-fulfillment for me. Like the infamous Captain Ahab and his motley crew, we were in search of […]

A picture of our three Adler Teen Telescope Interns sitting outside of the Doane observatory.

Adler Staff Star: Telescope Teen Interns

Monday August 19th

For this month’s Adler Staff Star we’re highlighting our Adler Teen Telescope Interns. Read on to learn more about their time here at the Adler! What prompted you to want to be a Summer Teen Intern at the Adler? “My natural curiosity in space and of all things involving science is what really led me […]

Teen members of the Adler Planetarium's Youth Leadership Council pose for a group photo in front of Lake Michigan.

Chicago Teens Find Safe Space at the Adler

Friday August 16th
Allegra Minor

Life as a teenager in Chicago can simultaneously be one of the most exciting and isolating things in the world. With public transportation and a host of cultural and academic institutions throughout the city, it’s easy to feel like the world is at your fingertips, but oftentimes there’s something missing: teen-friendly spaces. (Add on to […]

Chicago's Black Women in Steam Blog Series | Dr. Christina Harrington

Chicago’s Black Women in STEAM Series: Meet Christina

Wednesday August 14th
Bianca Anderson

“Chicago’s Black Women in STEAM” is a series on The Adler ’Scope that highlights the awesome women of Chicago who are doing amazing things in science, technology, engineering, art, and math fields here in our own community. Meet women of varying ages, backgrounds, and interests and learn their unique stories. Christina Harrington Doctor of Philosophy […]

Ice crystals in the atmosphere bending light around the Sun to form a rainbow.

Keep Looking Up

Monday August 12th
Michelle Larson

If you receive a letter from me, it will likely end with my favorite call-to-action, “Keep Looking Up.” And, while some have interpreted this phrase to have optimism as its intention, I have a much more literal request in mind. Look Up. Yes, you. Right now. I’ll wait… Chances are you noticed something you hadn’t […]

Adler Teens Meet NASA Astronaut

Thursday August 8th

On May 15, 2019, some of our Adler Teens had the opportunity to have dinner with former NASA astronaut Dr. Peggy Whitson at a special dinner in the Grainger Sky Theater. The event took place the evening before our Women in Space Science Award Celebration where we honored Dr. Whitson for her achievements in the […]

The Perseid meteor shower is well known because it’s a major annual shower that occurs during warm weather in the northern hemisphere. The Perseids usually peak around the night of the 12th and the early-morning darkness of the 13th.

Adler Skywatch: August 2019

Friday August 2nd
Karen Donnelly

One of the year’s most popular meteor showers regularly peaks this month, August 2019. Unfortunately, this year’s shower may be only a wash.  The Perseid meteor shower is well known because it’s a major annual shower that occurs during warm weather in the northern hemisphere. The Perseids usually peak around the night of the 12th […]

Headshot of Brenda, Adler Teen Collections Intern, standing in front of the History of Astronomy collections door

Minorities Take On Museums

Wednesday July 31st
Allegra Minor

An interview with Brenda G., Teen Collections Intern Many people find studying science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) or working in a science institution intimidating, but a whole other layer is added when you’re one of the first in your family to do it. I sat down with collections intern Brenda Galan to discuss her […]

Slipping into shadow, the south polar vortex at Saturn's moon Titan still stands out against the orange and blue haze layers that are characteristic of Titan's atmosphere.

Accidentally in love… with Titan

Tuesday July 30th
Megan Lothamer

Header Image: Slipping into shadow, the south polar vortex at Saturn’s moon Titan still stands out against the orange and blue haze layers that are characteristic of Titan’s atmosphere. Photo Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute On the morning of June 27, 2019, NASA announced that a mission called Dragonfly—which will send a drone to explore Saturn’s […]

Meet Spencer Gore, Founder and CEO of Impossible Airspace and former Adler Teen Intern

Former Adler intern aims to clean up air travel with ‘impossible’ tech

Wednesday July 24th
Aubrey Henretty

A decade ago, Spencer Gore was a teen intern at the Adler, where he spent summer days designing a stabilization system for the cameras that fly on Far Horizons flights. On the long bus rides back to Union Station, he would dream up fantastical feats of engineering with Adler astronomer Geza Gyuk. Could you control […]

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